Running hot for charity

A junior roper sets his sights.
A junior roper sets his sights.

THE record field of nominations in the women's barrel race at the Blackwater Charity Rodeo didn't seem to bother Gracemere cowgirl Jill Lyons.

Lyons finished with an impressive 15.955 second time to take top honours at the weekend.

However, she will have a hard time catching the likes of the Emerald rivals Leanne Kenny and Leanne Caban on the CRCA barrel racing leaderboard.

The pair is placed fourth and fifth respectively and will be keen to snare late season points heading into CRCA's final rounds.

Former Dingo cowboy Kevin Purcell, now of Monto, held on for a respective fourth place in Blackwater's open saddle-bronc standings.

While fortune may favour the brave, luck certainly didn't look kindly on Purcell.

"My horse was only mediocre," Purcell said.

Currently ranked seventh in the CRCA's overall points standings, Purcell said despite the result the Blackwater run offered a welcome change from his main focus this year on the Australian Professional Rodeo Association circuit.

"I haven't done many in the CRCA this year," Purcell said. "It was good to catch up with a few blokes who I haven't seen in a while."

Just two runs remain in the APRA for Purcell, who is ranked among the top-15 nationally for saddle-bronc this year, including the much-prized Warwick Rodeo.

Junior Blackwater bull rider Harry Hoffman claimed the junior bull ride's top gong with a 74.5 points score.

Close to $3000 was raised for the rodeo's three primary charities - RACQ-CQ Rescue Helicopter Service, Angel Flight and Cancer Council Qld.

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